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School arrangements for Term 4, including end of year events

13 November 2020

A ‘roadmap’ for ACT public schools has been released based on the ACT Government’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

Advice for schools as COVID-19 restrictions ease from the ACT Chief Health Officer pdf icon (102kb)

For more information on the ACT public schools COVID-19 roadmap, please refer to the below FAQs.

FAQs for school communities

FAQs for school communities

End of year events

The Chief Health Officer has updated COVID-19 rules for formals, graduations and other end of year events.

The gathering limits for these events have increased from 200 to 500. If the event is being held at school, the 500 people limit is for guests and visitors, and does not include students and staff.

In line with the new rules, ACT schools will be able to invite two guests per graduating student, to a maximum of 500 guests, to attend their graduation. For Year 10 and Year 12 graduations being held at school, the Chief Health Officer has advised that the standard density requirement (one person per four square metres) will not need to be adhered to. Density requirements continue to apply to off site graduations. These changes will mean that, in most instances, parents and carers will be able to attend their child’s graduation ceremony in person. Please contact your school directly to discuss how these updated restrictions will be applied in your school.

The updated rules will also have an impact on school formals. Schools will now have the option of including students from other schools, for example invited guests or partners, to school formals as long as the 500-person gathering limit and density requirements of one person per four square metres indoors, or one person per two square metres outdoors, are adhered to. When external guests are invited to formals (either on-site or off-site), the venue will need to be large enough to meet the one person per four square metre rule. Dancing and group photography are also permitted.

COVID-safe practices such as physical distancing between adults (not including household groups or students from the same school), density requirements (except for on-site graduations), and increased hygiene measures are still required.

Schools will also be required to submit COVID-Safe Event Plans to ACT Health for any event with 201 to 500 guests. The Education Directorate will be supporting schools with these submissions.

For more information about the COVID-19 restrictions being applied to formals, graduations and other end of year events, please discuss with your school in the first instance.

Online Resource Library

The Home Learning: Resources for Students and Families online portal is a resource  to support parents and children learning from home. This online learning resource library is suitable for students of all ages with a wide variety of engaging lessons, activities, podcasts, video links and family guides.

The portal is divided into three components - resources, family guides and get involved. We encourage you to check regularly for new materials for your child or young person to engage with.

Well-being resources for student and families

See the ‘Support for Students and Families’ page for information on the range of supports and resources available for you and your family.

Advice for specialist schools

Our priority is the health and safety of all students and staff. We have prepared safe learning environments, in line with expert health advice, including arrangements for specialist schools. The following factsheets have been provided to specialist schools about the arrangements to be put in place to safely support your child at this time.